Staff Awards

Staff Awards

Welcome to the Staff Awards website, where we recognise and celebrate the achievements of our faculty and staff. If you wish to share any prizes or awards received, new appointments or memberships in prestigious boards or societies, and other notable achievements, we would love to hear from you.

06 August 2018

Asst Prof Reza Shokri recognised for privacy enhancing research

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from NUS School of Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies for his work on privacy in machine learning.

Assistant Professor Reza Shokri from the Department of Computer Science at NUS School of Computing has received the Caspar Bowden Award for Outstanding Research in Privacy Enhancing Technologies (PET) for his work on privacy in machine learning.

The award recognises hicontributions to designing new algorithms for analysing data privacy in complex machine learning models, and for uncovering the privacy vulnerabilities of major machine learning as a service platforms.

The Caspar Bowden PET award is presented annually to researchers who have made an outstanding contribution to the theory, design, implementation or deployment of privacy enhancing technology.

Asst Prof Shokri was presented with the award on July 26 at the Privacy Enhancing Technologies Symposium in Barcelona, for his paper “Membership Inference Attacks against Machine Learning Models”.

The paper proposes a new attack algorithm to infer whether a data record has been used in the training set of a model, by just having access to the model’s predictions.

According to this research, learning that a data record was used to train a particular model is an indication of information leakage through the model. In some cases, it can directly lead to a privacy breach. For example, knowing that a certain patient’s clinical record was used to train a model associated with a disease can reveal that the patient has this disease.

The empirical results of the research show that complex models and machine learning as a service platforms are very susceptible to such attacks, and may leak a significant amount of information about the individual data records in their training sets to untrusted entities.

13 July 2018

Prof John Lim named DIA global connector

Professor John Lim, Executive Director of the Centre of Regulatory Excellence at Duke-NUS Medical School, has been conferred the 2018 Drug Information Association (DIA) Global Connector Inspire Award. 

Professor John Lim, Executive Director of the Centre of Regulatory Excellence at Duke-NUS Medical School, has been conferred the 2018 Drug Information Association (DIA) Global Connector Inspire Award. 

Prof Lim was selected by the Board of Directors and Fellows of DIA for the award in recognition of his meritorious service through a leadership role, which has advanced the mission of DIA and promoted global collaborations in healthcare.

DIA is a global association that mobilises life science professionals from across all areas of expertise to engage with patients, peers and thought leaders in a neutral environment on the issues of today and the possibilities for tomorrow.

The award recipients were hosted to a dinner by the DIA Board and Fellows on 24 June 2018 at the Harvard Club. A separate announcement about the awards was also made through a video clip at the DIA 2018 Global Conference opening session the next day.

05 July 2018

Xiamen University honours Prof Hew Choy Leong

NUS Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong was presented with two distinguished awards by Xiamen University’s School of Life Sciences on 30 June 2018 for his lifelong contributions towards life sciences.

NUS Emeritus Professor Hew Choy Leong was presented with two distinguished awards by Xiamen University’s School of Life Sciences on 30 June 2018 for his lifelong contributions towards life sciences.

The Outstanding Contribution Award honours Prof Hew for his help and support in fostering research collaboration with Xiamen University. His efforts included teaching protein chemistry and molecular biology, arranging for Xiamen faculty staff visits to NUS, recruitment of graduate students to NUS Department of Biological Sciences, and the establishment of the Xiamen Winter Symposia.

Prof Hew also received the Special Contribution Award for establishing the joint Xiamen-NUS Biomedical Research Laboratory, funded by the Ministry of Education in China. The programme was renewed for another 10 years in 2018 with an annual budget of RMB1 million per year.

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25 June 2018

Prof Wang Gungwu receives Queen’s Birthday Honours

Prof Wang Gungwu, University Professor at NUS Arts and Social Sciences and Chairman of the East Asian Institute at NUS, has been recognised as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Professor Wang Gungwu, University Professor at NUS Arts and Social Sciences and Chairman of the East Asian Institute at NUS, has been recognised as an Officer in the General Division of the Order of Australia as part of the 2018 Queen’s Birthday Honours. 

He was bestowed the honour “for distinguished service to tertiary education as an academic and researcher, particularly to far eastern history and the study of the Chinese diaspora, and to the enhancement of Australia-Asia relations”.

Prof Wang, also Emeritus Professor at the Australian National University, is an eminent historian who has made significant contributions to Asian studies.
 

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24 May 2018

Prof Shih Choon Fong awarded Harvard’s Centennial Medal

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences has presented the 2018 Centennial Medal to NUS University Professor Shih Choon Fong for his innovative research and leadership in higher education.

Harvard University’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) has presented the 2018 Centennial Medal to NUS University Professor Shih Choon Fong for his innovative research and leadership in higher education.

Prof Shih was cited as having made essential contributions to the field of fracture mechanics, which have promoted safety and technological innovation in the energy sector. He has also excelled as a university leader, bringing educational opportunity and inspiration to many.

The Centennial Medal was first awarded in 1989 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of GSAS. Through GSAS, it recognises outstanding alumni whose contributions to knowledge, their disciplines, their colleagues and society have made a fundamental and lasting impact.

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22 May 2018

Prof Michael Frese selected for IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award

Professor Michael Frese, Provost’s Chair and Head, Department of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School, has been selected by the International Association of Applied Psychology to receive the 2018 IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award.

 

Professor Michael Frese, Provost’s Chair and Head, Department of Management and Organisation at NUS Business School, has been selected by the International Association of Applied Psychology (IAAP) to receive the 2018 IAAP Distinguished Scientific Contributions Award.

This award recognises individuals who have made significant scientific contributions to the field of applied psychology, resulting in a better understanding of a psychological phenomenon and new or improved applications of psychological knowledge in more than one country.

Founded in 1920, IAAP is the oldest international association of psychology with more than 1,500 members from more than 80 countries.